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Nathan Hambley thinks being a Seattlelite means being civically engaged July 29, 2013

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1. Name: Nathan Hambley

    Neighborhood: Eastlake

    Occupation: Public Relations

    Years in Seattle: 13

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Elliott Bay Books

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

A work party to clear blackberry bushes and ivy on Capitol Hill.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

Probably a tasting menu at the original Mistral in Belltown back in 2000.

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

Seattle CityClub and Seattle Chefs Collaborative.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Voxx on Eastlake. It’s a block from my house and they serve Lighthouse, my favorite coffee.

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Educational, fun, inspirational

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Hawks

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

Probably canvassing for a local political race on Whidbey Island, which is where I grew up. I was in high school at the time.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

I’d say a love of the outdoors (while not minding the rain too much), reading and being civically involved. That might just describe me, but I do know we rank near the top in terms of literacy and civic engagement, so I’m going with it.

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo to yourself to Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly

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Do you heart our parks? July 24, 2013

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This Friday is Love Parks Day! Which sounds exactly like our kind of holiday. Of course- you could easily celebrate by sipping an italian soda in your favorite park (I’ve been putting in enough hours at Seven Hills Park reading that I have the sunburn to prove it!), but if you’re looking for something more service minded you can come volunteer at Lincoln Park!

REI will be leading some yoga sessions to get you in that limber blackberry pulling state, and if you register before hand you get free lunch. Free food and free swag? Count me in!

Friday the 26th get pulling, the volunteer event will be going on from 10am to 2pm and the only thing that’s missing is you.

What’s your favorite Seattle park in the summer?

 

Brittanie Wade has a Seattle Works experience defined by leadership, energy, and growth July 22, 2013

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1. Name: Brittanie Wade

    Neighborhood: Bellevue

    Occupation: Finance Manager

    Years in Seattle: 4.5

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Home. Lol. I spend a lot of nights out at dinner with friends and other activities. I absolutely love quiet time on my couch with my television.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I had heard much about Seattle Works and interacted with volunteers and board members on a personal level. Surprisingly, my first direct interaction with Seattle Works was when I met with Tara to discuss board leadership. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

I love the restaurant Toulouse Petit. They serve the best New Orleans food in the area. Everything on their menu is absolutely fantastic!

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

I’m an avid volunteer with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We conduct service projects each month, mostly for youth in the Seattle area. I was also a recurring volunteer at Bellevue Youth Theatre when I first moved to the area.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Hmmm… I’m not really a coffee drinker. However, I like any coffee shop with frozen drinks and tasty snacks.

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Leadership. Energy. Growth.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders. They seem to be the most fun.

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

My most memorable volunteer experience was actually planting trees with some of my best friends during college in Washington, DC. It didn’t seem like an “amazing” volunteer experience at the time. However, I now really appreciate it because every time I visit D.C. and drive past the tree, I remember my college days with my girls.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

A Seattleite is born and raised in Seattle. If you absolutely LOVE Seattle and never want to move, then you can be considered a Seattleite as well.

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo to yourself to Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly

 

Neighborhood Night Out is August 6th! July 16, 2013

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We’re super excited about all the progress taking place at the park just in front of our building. 5.7k people voted on what to name the park and now they’re throwing a fun event to get neighbors talking to each other.

From 6 to 9 there will be a potluck, a grill available for vegetarian items, a book swap (bring one and take one!), and a whole wall painted to become a chalkboard. Seems like the perfect event to bring your family along to and make some new friends. Plus a local historical buff is going to have a mini exhibit about the history of the area.

You should RSVP now: https://www.facebook.com/events/215810991900467/ We can’t wait to see you!

 

Amara Dumlao is a writer, traveler, and social media explorer July 15, 2013

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1. Name: Amara Dumlao

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Occupation: Writer, Traveler, & Social Media Explorer

    Years in Seattle: 4.5

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

My favorite places are the parks and the concert venues. For a single location it is hard to beat Easy Street Records in West Seattle for breakfast, music, and a surprise concert if you’re really lucky.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I discovered Seattle Works through tweets about Seattle Works Day.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

For me the best meals are about good times with friends and family. I always enjoy cooking with exciting new ingredients from a local farmer’s market.

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

I am on the Product Design Crew at Seattle 826 and volunteer with many other organizations such as Child’s Play, The Market Foundation, and the World is Fun.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

After careful consideration, I am going to say Bauhaus, Zeitgeist, and Aster.

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Teamwork, metamorphosis, and mirth.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

All of the above.

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

Running the phones for FIMA and the Red Cross at the Stokes shelter after Hurricane Floyd devastated North Carolina.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

For me being a Seattleite is about loving the city, recognizing there is always something new happening, respecting city history, and being actively involved in efforts to make Seattle even better!

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo to yourself to Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly

 

Holly Wyrwich had 40 friends volunteer with her for a birthday treat July 8, 2013

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1. Name: Holly Wyrwich

    Neighborhood: Phinneywood

    Occupation: Communications Manager at Thrive by Five Washington

    Years in Seattle: 5

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Alki Beach on the Fourth of July

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

… a Hot Project at the Treehouse Wearhouse. A friend signed me up.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

Anything Ethan Stowell

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

I work at one! I also serve on the board of Flash Volunteer, and Zeno is one of my favorite orgs to volunteer with.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Makeda in Greenwood

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Energizing, friendly, productive

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Mariners! (Miss you, Ichiro.)

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

For my 30th birthday, my husband gathered a team of about 40 friends to volunteer with me for Seattle Works Day. We had a super-strenuous trail-building project, but my team was very gracious about serving with a smile. Then Seattle Works presented me with a birthday cake at the afterparty! Best.birthday.ever.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

As a driver, yielding to a pedestrian who just appears to be considering crossing the street. Or, using a Windows phone.

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo to yourself to Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly

 

Are you reaching young people? July 6, 2013

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Fission recently had a great article on engaging millennials in nonprofits! Starting with that ever familiar story to any of us that have walked past a college campus or through downtown of getting accosted by canvassers. Anyone else who feels that pang of guilt walking silently past someone who asks me if I care about the environment? (I do, but I don’t want to give you money or listen to your spiel!)

But how do we actually want to hear from awesome nonprofits like you? According to a figure the article cited “Millennials ages 20-35, only 17% preferred learning about nonprofits through face-to-face interactions, versus 65% wanting to learn from nonprofit websites, 55% from social media and 47% from e-newsletters.”

The article then explains some awesome key strategies- like having multiple channels! At Seattle Works we know that works- our same content is posted on the blog, twitter, and facebook to make sure we reach the most people possible and make the content digestible.

What have you found to work well your social media strategies? How do you make your website easy to navigate?

And maybe most importantly- have you adjusted to the smart phone age? So many people have that as a primary source of information now and we haven’t adjusted. But that’s the way of the future- so what are you doing?